Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lazy Delicious Goat Cheese Spread

Last weekend I went to a lovely party and my friend Karl brought a most scrumptious goat cheese dip buzzing with oregano and garlic deliciousness.  It was the perfect cheese dip/spread, the fresher-far-more-amazing version of Rondele Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread from my childhood. 

It was so incredible I asked for his recipe and decided to make it this weekend.  I went to Trader Joe's to get the ingredients and ran into the Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds and was immediately inspired on a twist to Karl's dip specifically designed to got with these Crisps. 
Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip
  • 1 11 oz. package of Trader Joe's SIlver Goat Chevre
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Thyme, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds (or regular ones if you can't find sprouted ones)
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
 Put goat cheese in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften.  Mix in all the rest of the ingredients. Decorate with a few whole pumpkin seeds.  I served with a few different kinds of crackers and carrots, but the Cranberry/Pumpkin Crisps with their sweetness against the savory garlicky dip is pretty awesome. 
Karl Hamann's Goat Cheese Spread
  • 1 8 oz. package goat cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper (+ more to taste) 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Microwave the goat cheese in a small bowl until it warms up and softens. Add garlic, herbs, pepper, and one tablespoon olive oil. Whip ingredients together until creamy.
Add more olive oil if necessary – mixture should be nice and creamy.

You can add more garlic and more pepper to taste.  Best served warm with toasted slices of fresh baguette.



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